On her last day of work, homicide detective Sarah Linden is drawn into a new case about the disappearance of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen. Mitch and Stan Larsen frantically try to track down their daughter when they learn she did not show up at school. City Councilman Darren Richmond prepares for an important forum with the Mayor as the election nears.
The investigation into Rosie’s killer begins as Sarah and Holder question the missing girl’s parents, Stan and Mitch, as well as Rosie’s friends and City Councilman Richmond. Rosie’s school becomes a potential murder site when Sarah and Holder uncover shocking evidence on campus. Heartbroken and grief-stricken, Mitch and Stan face the aftermath of losing their daughter.
City Councilman Richmond suspects a leak within his own team, causing a shakeup in his campaign. Sarah and Holder track down a potential witness to the murder and are led to a new suspect. Mitch shuts down completely, forcing Stan to take on both parenting roles as his family grapples with the reality of losing Rosie.
Sarah and Holder pressure Rosie’s former boyfriend, Jasper, for answers and interview a new suspect. An emotionally vulnerable Stan and Mitch plan their daughter’s funeral. Rosie’s best friend, Sterling, reveals some surprising truths about Rosie’s life. With a campaign that is struggling financially, Richmond attends a posh party in the hopes of raising funds.
Rosie's teacher provides Sarah and Holder with a new piece of evidence. Richmond's campaign team plans a new anti-crime television commercial. Mitch continues to struggle with the loss of her daughter, while Stan becomes more determined to find Rosie's killer, and asks his colleague Belko for help.
Sarah and Holder question a suspect's family and neighbors. Tension mounts between Richmond and his campaign advisor, Gwen, as his team prepares for an important debate with the Mayor. Rosie's funeral takes place. Stan takes matters into his own hands.
The police learn more about Rosie's whereabouts on the night of her death; Richmond deals with a negative ad; Mitch starts doubting the police investigation.
Sarah and Holder evade the FBI and unearth new evidence. Mitch endangers the boys, prompting Stan to take matters into his own hands. Richmond tries to climb back into the race.
The police are stymied while trying to make an arrest. Richmond contemplates dropping out of the race. Fed up with the police, the Larsens take action.
The cops regroup. Richmond goes up in the polls. Stan faces consequences for his actions.
Sarah and Holder discover more on Rosie, but the investigation gets stalled when they have to set out on a search for Jack.
The police connect Rosie to a suspicious website. Stan faces his demons while Mitch learns secrets she never knew about Rosie.
The police connect a new piece of evidence to Rosie the night of her murder. Stan and Mitch reflect on the past as the future of their family hangs in the balance.
In the aftermath of the shooting at City Hall and Linden's discovery that the photo leading to Councilman Darren Richmond's arrest was forged, Sarah returns to Seattle to investigate a possible cover up and wonders if she can trust her partner.
An ominous discovery is made at the Larsen house while Sarah travels to Tacoma to learn Councilman Richmond's dark secret. Meanwhile, Richmond is forced to come to grips with the fallout from the attack at City Hall.
Holder falls from grace while Sarah tracks down Rosie's backpack. Richmond confronts the truth about his situation and Stan gets in deeper with the mob while Mitch resurfaces.
Sarah and Holder identify the mystery man with the tattoo while Jamie attempts to enlist Gwen's help and Stan learns his past may have come back to haunt him.
Sarah gets a mysterious message from Rosie Larsen that may identify the killer while Mitch befriends a runaway girl and Richmond questions his political future.
Sarah focuses in on a Larsen family secret, Stan faces his past sins, Mitch shelters a runaway girl, and Richmond has a surprise visitor.
The investigation returns to the casino. Tension erupts at the Larsen house. Stan meets Richmond face to face for the first time to make an uneasy alliance.
When Holder goes missing, Linden is desperate to find him. Stan takes matters into his own hands. Richmond returns to City Hall.
Richmond attempts to help the investigation. Sarah tracks down Rosie's key. Stan realizes his son is in trouble. Mitch reaches her destination.
Sarah teeters on the edge. Stan attempts to make amends. Richmond receives an unexpected boost in the mayoral race.
After returning to the casino, Sarah and Holder find themselves on the run. Stan and Richmond must make life-altering decisions that will decide their fates.
Linden and Holder have the killer within reach. The Richmond campaign prepares for Election Day. The Larsen family attempts to regain a sense of normalcy.
Sarah and Holder close the case. Richmond sets out on a bold new path. The Larsen family gains closure from an unsuspected source.
Sarah's past comes knocking. Holder catches a disquieting case. Prisoner Ray Seward shows his true colors.
Sarah's past leads her to a grim discovery.
Sarah has her own reasons to join the task force; Holder finds a new street informant; Seward strokes an old rivalry.
The task force shuts down a business; Sarah and Holder unite in their pursuit of “the voice.''
Bullet bloodhounds for Sarah and Holder, racing to find a victim on the run before someone else does. Seward is an unkind host to surprise visitors.
Sarah and Holder catch up to the latest victim. Seward comes face to face with his past. Out in The Jungle, Bullet struggles with the truth.
Sarah and Holder get a break in the case. Seward fights against his own mortality.
The investigation reaches a fever pitch when Sarah goes missing.
Sarah deals with the consequences of her past mistakes. Holder wrestles with personal demons. Seward tells the truth.
Seward expels the truth, Holder deals with personal issues, and Sarah has to face the music for former choices in her life.
As Sarah seeks peace in the aftermath, the detectives pick up a new unnerving case. Lyric is tempted by her old life. Danette says goodbye.
Sarah places her life on the line after someone dear to her suddenly goes missing. Meanwhile, Holder's past is used against him
While covering up Skinner's disappearance, Linden and Holder are assigned a new case: the brutal murder of a family with ties to a military academy.
Questioning a neighbor leads to a revelation about one of the victims. Meanwhile, Reddick begins to investigate the disappearance of Lt. Skinner.
Reddick digs deeper into Skinner's disappearance while Linden and Holder try to keep their crime a secret and their investigation from going cold.
Linden and Holder focus their investigation on a student with a sordid past, and a tip from an informant leads Reddick to a shocking discovery.
Information about the family murders surfaces as Kyle's memory starts to come back. Holder's loyalty is tested when confronted about Skinner's death.
Linden and Holder's partnership spirals out of control as they are confronted with the shocking truth behind the Stansbury murders.